Manchester United look to complete summer transfer window with £59m Brazilian pair swoop: Reports analysedPublished August 18, 2016
Jose Mourinho has spent vast sums during the summer transfer window but according to reports he’s not done yet.
The Manchester United is lining up a £29m bid for AS Monaco right-back Fabinho according to Spanish source Marca (via Sport Witness) with Mourinho seemingly looking to correct a potential ‘problem-area’.
Last term Louis van Gaal predominantly opted to use Italian Matteo Darmian to fill the right-sided defensive berth and Mourinho started the season with Ecuadorian Luis Antonio Valencia in the role and now hopes to bring in Brazilian Fabinho from Ligue 1.
The 22-year-old South American has impressed at AS Monaco and spent a short period on loan at Real Madrid during Mourinho’s time at the Spanish giants.
Presumably Fabinho would jump at the chance of a move to Man United though he may have second thoughts if his side battle through to the Champions League group stages, the principality side being now just one game away from doing so having won away at Villarreal in the last play-off round.
Mourinho is also tracking Santos forward Gabriel ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa according to The Sun (Via Goal.com), with a £30m bid for the Premier League side said to be made within the next 48 hours.
Gabigol, though still a teenager, has already racked up over 50 goals for his club side and has impressed with the Brazilian national team set-up, first at Copa America this summer followed by further heroics at the 2016 Olympics.
Mourinho has impressive young attacking talent in the form of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial but may see Gabigol as a long term replacement for newly signed veteran Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Man United have already spent over £150m on new signings this summer and these potential additions would push spending over £200m so it’s fair to assume that player sales could be in the offing before the transfer window slams shut at the end of the month.